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Plastics & Packaging - Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Food Waste & Food Safety in Food & Drink Manufacturing


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Plastics & packaging is one of the biggest issues currently facing the food and drink industry. Manufacturers have relied on plastic for many years as a packaging material because it's safe, secure, hygienic and prolongs shelf-life.

However, the unintended consequences it creates means we must now look for alternative materials or better ways to reduce food waste and ensure food safety is not compromised.

How do we balance the need for safe and robust packaging with alternatives that don't lead to unintended consequences that may damage the planet, compromise food safety or increase food waste?

Our speakers will look at areas including - new technology and innovation;  contaminants from chemical migration; how businesses can increase recyclability; new regulations and the legal challenges the industry faces; and case studies demonstrating how brands are navigating this challenging area.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Judy Procter, Deputy Director for Waste Regulation, Environmental Agency (keynote speech)
  • Libby Peake, Senior Policy Adviser, Green Alliance
  • Emma Bradley, Analytical Chemist, Fera Science
  • Rick Mumford, Head of Science, Evidence & Research, FSA
  • Alban Forster, Director, SLR Consulting
  • Alex Ibrahim, Of Counsel, CMS, Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Olivia Jamison, Partner, CMS, Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Alice Harlock, Marketing and Membership, OPRL
  • Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, FDF (Chair)
  • Sara Walton, Food Sector Lead (Standards), BSI
  • Rachel Gray, Behaviour Change Manager, WRAP
  • Robert Brooks, European Food & Commodity Industry Marketing Manager, Omron
  • Karen Graley, Manager, Packaging Innovation and Delivery, Waitrose & Partners

Including confirmed representatives from:

  • Omron
  • Waitrose
  • Innovate UK

More speakers to be announced in due course.

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Rick Mumford
Deputy Director of Science, Evidence & Research, FSA

Professor Rick Mumford is Deputy Director of Science, Evidence & Research at the Food Standards Agency, where he leads a multi-disciplinary team of around 90 staff, providing expert risk assessment and socio-economic evidence to support UK food safety. A virologist and molecular biologist by training, he has 25 years' experience, as both a practising, applied scientist (focusing on diagnostics and biosecurity), and as a science leader, including senior roles up to executive level, within government and the private sector. An author on over 75 scientific publications, Rick is a Visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Alban Forster
Director, SLR Consulting

Alban Forster MSc (DIC) is a Director for SLR leading the company's Advisory teams across Europe. He has 25 years' professional experience in the field of commercial, technical, and environmental due diligence across principally the waste and energy sectors.

Alban has supported regional and national Governments as well as Corporates in developing waste and recycling policy best practice. He has extensive knowledge of the UK waste and recycling infrastructure and has advised companies on the recyclability of their products.

Alice Harlock
Marketing and Membership, OPRL

Alice Harlock has worked for OPRL since 2014, and leads on membership recruitment and support. Alice started her career at HDRA as part of the Sustainable Waste team, working a number of local authority based projects.

She moved to WRAP where she continued her work on waste minimisation through the Home Composting Programme. Over the years, this expanded into work on consumer communications for the Recycle Now and Recycle for London campaigns.

Dr Emma Bradley
Head of Food Quality and Safety, Fera Science

Dr Emma Bradley studied at the University of Leeds for a BSc in chemistry and a PhD in bio-organic chemistry. Since 1999 she has worked at Fera (formerly Central Science Laboratory - CSL) in York. She is an analytical chemist by training and currently leads a team of 100 scientists working on food quality and safety. She has more than 20 years of experience in the analysis of chemical contaminants in foods and specifically chemical migration from food contact materials and articles. She is an active participant in the European Union Reference Laboratory – National Reference Laboratory (NRL) network for food contact materials as Fera is the UK NRL in this area.

She is also an author of > 40 peer reviewed scientific publications and book chapters primarily on food contact materials and migration. Current research interests include the analysis of non-intentionally added substances as well as the migration from and safety of biobased food contact materials.

Libby Peake
Senior Policy Adviser, Green Alliance

Libby Peake is senior policy adviser on resource stewardship at Green Alliance, an independent charity and think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. There, she works closely with other NGOs, academics and businesses to promote better use of resources throughout the economy. This includes managing the Circular Economy Task Force, a forum for policy, innovation and business thinking on efficient resource use in the UK.

She is an expert and trusted commentator on resources and waste topics including: plastic; ecodesign; chemicals regulation; resource efficiency; and recycling. Her recent reports include A new direction for UK resource strategy after Brexit, Completing the circle: creating effective UK markets for recovered resources and By popular demand: what people want from a resource efficient economy. Before joining Green Alliance, Libby spent ten years at environmental publishing house Resource Media.

Sara Walton
Food Sector Lead (Standards), BSI

Sara Walton is the Food Sector Lead (Standards) for BSI, the UK National Standards Body. She has over 10 years' experience of standardization, working with representative stakeholders and leading UK committees on areas like food safety, quality and OHS, producing practical standards solutions in areas of interest to government, industry and civil society.

Sara has responsibility for standardization for the food value chain, addressing innovation and other key issues like risk management, resilience and trust.

Prior to working for BSI, Sara worked in business publishing, creating and delivering information solutions for organizations based on their legal and compliance needs.

Judy Procter
National Plastics Strategy Lead, Environment Agency

Judy Proctor works for the Environment Agency; an organisation that works to protect and improve the environment to make it a better place for people and wildlife in England. This includes reducing the impacts of flooding, promoting sustainable development and delivering UK environmental policies.

She currently leads the national strategy setting the strategic direction for the organisation's work on plastics: reducing plastics in the environment, preserving the value of plastics in the circular economy and highlighting emerging issues. She has over twenty year's operational and national experience in delivering environmental improvements. Many of these outcomes are delivered in partnership with partners, businesses, customers and government.

Robert Brooks
European Food & Commodity Industry Marketing Manager, Omron

Robert Brooks is the European Industry Marketing Manager for the Food and Commodities sector within Omron Europe.

With more than 25 years' experience of the automation market, his main responsibilities include the development of marketing strategies and related deliverables based on Omron's corporate strategy, taking into consideration societal changes and trends, and providing solutions that add value to Food and Beverage manufacturers.

He has represented Omron in various organisations and speaks at various conferences and other events.

Karen Graley
Manager, Packaging Innovation and Delivery, Waitrose & Partners

Karen, Manager Packaging Innovation and Delivery is responsible for the Waitrose & Partners ambitious packaging strategy, that will see all own brand packaging to be either widely recycled, reusable or home compostable by 2023.

In addition to this, responsibilities include the artwork & reprographics process drawing upon over 25 years in retail. Prior to entering the world of retail, Karen worked with many brand owners and retailers as a supplier across all types of product, packaging, media and publications, this gives her a broad knowledge within the industry and a unique understanding of what is required at each stage in the process. Karen is proud to be one of the founding Directors of the OPRL labelling scheme, working closely with WRAP.

Organiser: Casey Horn, 020 7420 7146, casey.horn@fdf.org.uk